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Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for March 27, 2014
by Randy Ellis Published: March 26, 2014

Prescription drug trafficking

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed a committee substitute bill that would add four commonly abused prescription drugs to the list of substances that could lead to a person being charged with drug trafficking.

Possession or distribution of large quantities of morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone or benzodiazepine could lead to drug trafficking charges under the committee substitute for House Bill 2589.

Possessing or distributing 1,000 grams or more of morphine, 400 grams of oxycodone, 50 grams of hydrocodone or 15 grams of benzodiazepine could lead to drug trafficking charges. Convictions on any of those charges could lead to prison sentences, plus fines of $100,000 to $500,000.

The measure passed the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 21-0. It will now go to the full Senate.

Pet euthanasia

A bill that would ban animal shelters from using carbon monoxide gas to euthanize animals was approved Wednesday by the House Agriculture and Wildlife Committee.

Senate Bill 1729 passed the committee 15-0. It was previously approved by the Senate and will now go to the full House. A similar bill that originated in the House is pending in the Senate.

Minimum wage

A bill that would preempt cities or counties from establishing their own minimum wage requirements was approved Wednesday by the House General Government Committee.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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